Office of Citizen
Rest in Peace,
FORMER MUSIC CRITIC ASSESSES PD TREATMENT OF ROSENBERG
Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 13:37.
Below is a message that has been sent to Steve Esrati, a former Plain Dealer copy editor. Esrati distributes comments, gripes and memories of former Plain Dealer editorial people to others.
The following is an honest appraisal, in my opinion, of the demotion of Rosenberg from his position of music critic at the PD, with the help of PD editor Susan Goldberg and the management of the Cleveland orchestra.
The writer, Bob Finn, is retired and the highly respected former music critic of the Plain Dealer.
What he says about the culture of the PD living up to its reputation of silencing its own reporters under the pressure of Cleveland’s cultural and corporate elite hits the mark. It’s happened so often that it has become ingrained and even when editors are brought from afar, as in Goldberg’s case, they catch the fever. Or, as I suspect, newspaper in all cities bow down to the civic and business elite. Only here, the bow goes lower.
Here are Finn’s remarks:
Steve: With all due respect to Bob Daniels and Professor Friedman (whose
It is almost a moral issue. Both the PD and the Cleveland Orchestra
Don Rosenberg was simply doing his job. Whether you or I agree with
What self-respecting critic (of music or anything else in the arts)
Arts criticism is of course a highly subjective thing. Two trained
Maybe there should be a clause in the Guild contract guaranteeing